Even if there were no problem with hanging numerals, starting a
sentence with figures is clumsy looking and distracting to a reader.
On Nov 17, 2003, at 10:01 AM, Craig Eliason wrote:
> On Monday, November 17, 2003, at 09:58 AM, Gunnar Swanson wrote:
>> 1998 was the first year that a lot of hanging numerals were available.
>> That wasn't meant to be a statement of fact, just an example of the
>> place in text where hanging numerals get you into trouble (as someone
>> noted earlier.)
> Perhaps for that reason the Chicago Manual of Style (or at least my
> copy of Kate Turabian's _Manual for Writers..._, which I think is based
> on Chicago rules) forbids starting a sentence with a figure:
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